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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a practicing rheumatologist for over 30 years, Dr. Shmerling engaged in a mix of patient care, teaching, and research. His research interests center on diagnostic studies in patients with musculoskeletal symptoms, and rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. He has published research regarding infectious arthritis, medical ethics, and diagnostic test performance in rheumatic disease. Having retired from patient care in 2019, Dr. Shmerling now works as a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing.

Twitter: @RobShmerling

Posts by Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is it ok to use medications past their expiration dates? featured image

Staying Healthy

Is it ok to use medications past their expiration dates?

Treatments for post-nasal drip featured image

Staying Healthy

Treatments for post-nasal drip

Gum disease and the connection to heart disease featured image

Diseases & Conditions

Gum disease and the connection to heart disease

Understanding the results of your colonoscopy featured image

Staying Healthy

Understanding the results of your colonoscopy

Celebrities get shingles, too featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Celebrities get shingles, too

Are you taking too much anti-inflammatory medication? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Are you taking too much anti-inflammatory medication?

Where do you stand on bystander CPR? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Where do you stand on bystander CPR?

Why it’s so hard to lose excess weight and keep it off: The Biggest Losers’ experience featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Why it’s so hard to lose excess weight and keep it off: The Biggest Losers’ experience

Knowing when to screen... and when to quit featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Knowing when to screen... and when to quit

Dr. Google: The top 10 health searches in 2017 featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Dr. Google: The top 10 health searches in 2017

Stem-cell transplant: A possible high-risk/high-reward treatment for scleroderma featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Stem-cell transplant: A possible high-risk/high-reward treatment for scleroderma

Vaccinations: More than just kid stuff featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Vaccinations: More than just kid stuff

10 things you can do for your pet when it’s cold outside featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

10 things you can do for your pet when it’s cold outside

The flu is here — and so is a new advisory from the CDC featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

The flu is here — and so is a new advisory from the CDC

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Is "man flu" really a thing?

Ask Dr. Rob about vitamin B12 deficiency featured image

Staying Healthy

Ask Dr. Rob about vitamin B12 deficiency

Ask Dr. Rob about piriformis syndrome featured image

Diseases & Conditions

Ask Dr. Rob about piriformis syndrome

Ask Dr. Rob about OCD featured image

Mind & Mood

Ask Dr. Rob about OCD

Ask Dr. Rob about eating disorders featured image

Mind & Mood

Ask Dr. Rob about eating disorders

Coconut oil: heart-healthy or just hype? featured image

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Coconut oil: heart-healthy or just hype?

Why does hair turn gray? featured image

Staying Healthy

Why does hair turn gray?

What’s up with hiccups? featured image

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

What’s up with hiccups?

Right brain/left brain, right? featured image

Mind & Mood

Right brain/left brain, right?

How’s your heart rate and why it matters? featured image

Heart Health

How’s your heart rate and why it matters?

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